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Latest News Update from COTA SA, 24/5/2017

Welcome to our latest newsletter, If you have any suggestions for what you'd like us to feature in future newsletters send us an email.

New Blog Post - It's an Online World - Stay Safe

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How engaged are you with today's digital world?

As older Australians, it is fair to say that you have seen times change immensely and rapidly, especially in the last decade or two. Sixty years ago, the only screens that most Australians could access were found in a cinema but now they are everywhere - TVs, phones, computers, laptops, even watches have screens! Many of you would have been in your 40s or older before consumer access to dial-up internet became the ‘norm' in most homes around the mid-1990s, so some of you might struggle with the uptake of the digital world around you - while others have embraced it with open arms.

Either way, the increasingly digital world brings not only opportunities but also some risks - this week's blog post has a few simple tips for helping you to stay safe online.

Read the blog post here

Join us in July to Talk About the NBN

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When: Tuesday 4th July, 2017
Time: 10am - 12noon
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

If it hasn't already arrived, within the next few years the NBN is coming your way, but what is it, what do you have to do - and what are some of the issues you should be aware of?

We did a blog post on this in April as it's clearly a topic people are interested in - and continue to be interested in so the next Reframing Ageing seminar will introduce the NBN, what it is, how it works and some of the things to bear in mind when the time comes.

For more information including how to register go to:

We need your help – acdAssist

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We've had a good response so far but we're still looking for a few more participants - please get in touch if you'd like to be involved.

acdAssist is a new online tool currently under development which we think will make it easier for people to prepare a detailed and well thought out Advanced Care Directive (ACD).

The intention is that acdAssist will help breakdown the barriers that may prevent people from preparing a valid, legal ACD. It will lead you through the process of making decisions, and discussing otherwise difficult issues with your loved ones about your medical care, where and how you live and what matters most to you.

To ensure that acdAssist meets the needs of the people that will be using it, we need the assistance of 20 volunteers to participate in a test project. The test will be conducted over 2 stages and participants in both stages will receive a legally valid ACD tailored to their needs for no charge.

For more information and to register your interest go to

More Practical Computer Workshops in June

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Our practical computer skills workshops are continuing in June. Start with our Introduction to iPad, and then follow this with our Getting more from your iPad.

Sessions are presented by our resident guru, John Travers.

For more information and to book your place go to

Join us for Men's Health Week 2017

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When: Wednesday 14th June, 2017
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

The agenda's on the website - we've got free health checks, lots of speakers and information stalls. Come and join us!

We all know that looking after our health is the most important thing we can do to show we care about our loved ones and friends. Let's walk the talk!

This year's theme is Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance.

To see what's happening and when and to RSVP go to

Seeking Participants: Retirement Survey

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Will you be retiring (or are you thinking of retiring) within the next six months? If so you may be interested in taking part in this survey which is part of a project on Retiring Workers that the team of psychologists at The University of Queensland are undertaking.

Participation is entirely voluntary and should take about 30 mins at each of three time points. To thank participants for their time, they will be placed in a prize draw where they have the chance to win Coles Group and Myer eGift cards on completion of each survey.

More detailed information regarding the study and the online survey link can be found on the here:

Be Aware on the Road - New Give Way Rules Apply

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This week we received advice from the Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure that new give way rules apply as of the 15th of April this year, whether you're a driver or a pedestrian, this is useful information to share:

Vehicles will now be required to give way to pedestrians entering - not just on - slip lanes and pedestrian, children's and marked foot crossings. Prior to this change, vehicles only had to give way to pedestrians on or entering a children's crossing but not when entering other types of crossings. In addition, cyclists can now enter crossings without dismounting (they must keep to the left if practical and give way to any pedestrians on the crossing).

To see full details of the new/amended rules go to

SActa Community Transport Forum

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You are invited to attend the third Annual Community Transport Forum, to be held at the Lakes Resort Hotel on Wednesday 14th June 2017, hosted by the South Australian Community Transport Association (sacta).

For more information including how to register go to

Research on Exercise and Hip Strenth in Women

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Are you a female aged between 50 and 70? If so, you may be interested in getting involved in this Flinders University study.

Flinders University are looking for women between 50 and 70 years of age to volunteer into a research program on exercise and bone health.

For more information including how to register your interest in getting involved go to

Membership Benefit Update

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From time to time we receive updates concerning participants that are no longer part of the Ambassador Card program - or new additions, we will now be including these in the newsletter to keep you up-to-date. This week we've got two new additions in SA:

Koko Thai - Save 25% off the total bill up to $25.
Valid Lunch: Wednesday thru Friday Valid Dinner: 7 nights a week

Citi Zen Restaurant - Save up to $20 off one main course providing a main course of equal or greater value is paid for.
Not valid Chinese New Year.
Valid Lunch: Monday thru Saturday
Valid Dinner: Sunday thru Friday

To search for benefits visit the membership website at

What's On: Generation Startup

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Showing as part of the Transitions Film Festival, Generation Startup captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit.

Shot over 17 months, it's an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup.

Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalisation, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action-with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country's economic future is at stake.

For more information and to book your tickets go to

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